Child stars don’t quite have the amazing life people would expect. Being torpedoed into fame and the Hollywood lifestyle at a young age can have detrimental effects on how a child grows up, haunting them in their life as adults. And since you can hardly get a grown-up to play a child in a movie, we’ve pretty much had to accept that child stars will always be a part of showbiz.
Some child stars manage to shake off the “child star” stamp, however. The only real way to do this is to, well, not look like your younger self. Let’s take a look at some ex-child stars that you would probably not even recognize anymore.
Lukas Haas started his career in Witness, the 1985 Harrison Ford movie. Since then, he starred in Mars Attacks, Zoolander Inception and The Revenant, mostly due to his friendship with Leo DiCaprio.
One of the Breakfast Club stars, Molly’s now mostly playing the mother of the characters she used to be associated with when she was younger. You can see her in action on Riverdale, and has a few films on the horizon.
Haley Joel Osment
His face as a child is the thing you instantly think of whenever someone says “I see dead people”. He can currently be seen starring in HBO’s Silicon Valley, and he looks nothing like the kid that all gave us the creeps 20 years ago.
Also known as the little girl from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She went down the rock star path as the lead vocalist of The Pretty Reckless, albeit not overly successfully at first, and has somehow stopped acting altogether.